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From Staff Reports
It was nasty and cold outside Tuesday night, but the GCHS basketball teams heated things up on Ricks-Wilkerson Court to sweep visiting Vancleave in a non-region 4A matchup.
The Lady Cats set the tone in the opener, jumping out to a 36-12 lead by halftime and cruising to a 63-23 win. The Lady Bulldogs scored 10 points in the first quarter, but the GCHS defense went into lockdown mode and the visitors didn’t see a double-figure scoring period the rest of the way.
Senior Nykee Bolton led the way with 18 points and five rebounds. Bolton hit 50 percent of her shots from the floor and was 1-of-2 from behind the 3-point arc. She also nailed 5-of-6 free throw attempts.
Junior Destiny Eubanks had a big night as well, with nine points, three assists and three steals. Five of her points came from the charity stripe where she was perfect on the night.
Sophomore Jen Walley and junior Taylor McLeod took advantage of their time on the court and added seven points and six rebounds apiece. Senior McKay Lee Bray led the team with eight rebounds, including five on the defensive side. She also added a 3-pointer to get in on the scoring.
The GCHS boys trailed Vancleave by seven points after the first quarter, but cut the Bulldogs’ lead to just one by half. They took over the game by outscoring the visitors by a 20-6 margin in the third quarter en route to a 52-39 win.
Seniors Darrell Johnson, Jared Nicholson and Josh Thurman led the way for the Wildcats. Johnson posted 18 points, pulled down six rebounds and dished three assists. Nicholson just missed another double-double, finishing with 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists. And, Thurman had one of his best all-around games with 14 points, five rebounds, five assists and four assists. He was particularly effective from behind the arc, hitting 4-of-6 3-pointers.
Brock Green added six points and three rebounds, while Anthony Calhoun contributed two defensive rebounds.
With the wins, the Lady Cats improved to 4-1 on the year, while the GCHS men moved to 3-2. The Lady Wildcas will host Perry Central this Friday before both teams take a week off for Thanksgiving.